Howard H Bower
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Telescope - Takahashi FSQ106ED Imaging Camera - FLI ML16803 Guiding - SX Lodestar & Astrodon MOAG Mounting - AP Mach 1 GTO Filters - Astrodon 5nm NB Ha, Olll, & Sll
The large nebula in this image is designated NGC 1499 commonly called the California Nebula. It is located in the constellation Perseus and is approximately 1000 light years from our planet. It has a very low surface brightness which makes it difficult to see visually. It is in the direction of the outer Orion arm of the Milky Way. This space is filled with galactic gas from which many stars have formed. It is 2.5 degrees across and just north of the 4th magnitude star Xi Persei.